John Goodman, who stars as a possible psychopath in this weekend’s opener 10 Cloverfield Lane, is putting on the badge for his next role in director Peter Berg’s Patriots Day. Goodman will portray real-life hero Ed Davis, the Boston Police Commissioner who led the department during a critical time after terrorists blew up bombs near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 264 others.
The commissioner and his team worked around the clock with the FBI, the Boston Police Department, the Watertown PD and the Massachusetts State Police along with first responders to track, identify and apprehend the two bombers — all the while getting bombarded with questions from the media. The story unfolded around the world and late into the evening as it was discovered that the bombers were brothers. The older brother, who next had plans to bomb Times Square, died while on the run, but not before killing an MIT police officer. The other brother gave up after being shot and then hiding under a boat tarp in the backyard of a Watertown residence.
Davis told his story on CBS’ 60 Minutes to producer Michael Radutzky, who now is one of the producers on Patriots Day. CBS Films then bought Davis’ life rights for the film. The filmmakers also used the book Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. That was adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson.
CBS Films and Lionsgate are co-financing the ripped-from-the-headlines film, which also stars Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons. The film is being produced by Scott Stuber, Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Radutzky.
Lionsgate is planning to release Patriots Day on December 21 in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. CBS Films is overseeing the production and marketing.
Gersh and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC represent Goodman.